• Aboard Texas State Railroad

All train rides currently depart from the PALESTINE, TX train depot.
From August 22 through October 26 the train departs from the Rusk, TX train depot.

Texas State RailroadEvents

Locomotive Ride-Along

Advanced Reservations Required

Rub Elbows with the Engineer and Conductor for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Memorial Day Brunch Train

May 26, 2019

Prior to the Memorial Day brunch train departure, vintage “iron horses” are on display to the public at the Palestine depot. Savor the rare opportunity to see this display of notable steam and diesel engines showcased for photo opportunities.

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ROMANCE ON THE RAILS – Friday Night Train Rides

June 7 kicks off Friday night date nights!

Friday night under the stars of east Texas. Whether it’s “Pints in the Pines” or “Wine in the Pines” we will activate all of your senses!

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THROW PAPA ON THE BRUNCH TRAIN FOR FATHER’S DAY

Sunday, June 16

On Sunday, June 16th, throw Dad, Granddad and Uncle on the Texas State Railroad Brunch Train to celebrate Father’s Day. When Dad hears chirping sounds, it won’t be his cell phone because we’ve created a stress-free wilderness adventure. He’s going to love you and the day.

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Maydelle Turntable Runs

May 2 & 16, 2019

Education and FUN on a TRAIN!

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Celebration of Steam at Texas State Railroad

May 24, 25 & 26, 2019

Summer is when the big boys come out to play!

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Pumpkin Patch Texas State Railroad

Pumpkin Patch Train Ride

10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. every Saturday, October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019

Unleash the kids this harvest season and set them loose on a Pumpkin Patch full of interactive games, prizes, tricks and treats! Every Saturday and Sunday, October 7 through the 29th kids of all ages can ride the historic rails from the Rusk, TX train depot to Texas State Railroad’s very own Pumpkin Patch.

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Pints in the Pines

What for more details - coming back in the summer 2019

What could be better than sampling Texas-brewed beers aboard a historic train as it travels the Piney Woods of the Lone Star State?  Savor the rich flavors of an amber harvest while drinking in the scenery and leisurely pace of a train ride.

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THE POLAR EXPRESS™

November 16 - December 28, 2019

All Aboard! Join us for a magical trip this holiday season to the North Pole on The Polar Express. Tickets sell quickly. reserve your seats now.

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Easter Egg Express

Saturday's April 13 & 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m and 1:00 p.m.

BIG Bunny Sighting Aboard Texas State Railroad

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Palestine Texas Tour Dogwoods

Dogwood Days Brunch Train

2019 is sold-out

Watch for upcoming 2020 dates!

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Because of special, incidental or consequential situations that may be out of our control, Texas State Railroad reserves the right to adjust our operation between the date of your booking and the day of departure. These changes could include (but not be limited to): locomotive power for the day, passenger car assignments, layover and/or meal time during the four-hour ride and departure and/or arrival times. Thanking you in advance for your consideration.